BDC Common Stocks
Singing The Blues
As the lesser know Sonny Curtis song goes “We fought the tape, and the tape won”. Last week (ended October 5) , the BDC Reporter injected a note of optimism after a bad week for the BDC sector in which the Wells Fargo BDC Index dropped (1.4%). However, we’re not yet convinced that this current malaise will last all that much longer, bringing down BDC prices to correction or bear market levels. We can’t speak to general market sentiment which – as they say – is “going to do what it’s going to do”.
We’ve not yet been proven absolutely wrong because BDCS – which has now dropped to $19.40 after disgorging a $0.41 distribution – is down (7.8%) from its high. If we adjust for the dividend the drop is “only” (5.8%) and the “Total Return” Wells Fargo BDC Index is off just (4.5%). We are some way off a a classic 10% correction or a 20% haircut bear market.